Fischer: Embrace the secrets that are hidden in your home | lifestyle


Growing up in the suburbs of Pleasant Town, Utah, USA (names changed to not offend anyone who currently resides there) and as a member of one of the few existing families who are less than traditional in this town, we took it on have made it our task to liven up the place a little – in the form of a proverbial “paint the city red”. My stepbrother and I came up with a story about our house, which may have included a wooden plaque, a broken elevator, and a skeleton in a wheelchair.

Granted, almost every home has a skeleton or two in the closet, but in the mid-to-late 1970s and this area of ​​Pleasant Town, Utah, these were never considered in conversation. When Doug and I took our skeleton out of the closet, there was serious conversation all over town. Other children were seldom our home anyway as we were the black sheep of the neighborhood, but when the rumors surfaced, the kids literally crossed the street to avoid running in front of our house. At least they had something to talk about now.

Despite this event, or precisely because of it, as an adult I was not very afraid of finding a skeleton in a closet. In fact, I would enjoy the opportunity. I am happy to be the first to open a cupboard, go into the basement or look for the secret board. You never know what might come up behind it. Sometimes it’s not scary at all. Sometimes instead of a skeleton in the closet you find a treasure under the carpet.

A few weeks ago we agreed with great excitement and relief that it was time to get rid of the black parquet floor in our living room and office. Not only do we have a white husky puppy who only litters three times a year (for four months each time), but we also have a miniature Yorkie who can pee at least 10 times as many in a day (if he’s not wearing his) ) diaper … yes, we diaper him). While white dog hair is hard to hide on a black surface, small dog badges are not. We had to reverse that – hide the hair, see the urine so we could remove it quickly.

Before we completely remove the floor, I suggested we could finish it off in a lighter color. Since the color scheme was so dark, we had to remove the paint first to see if it could be reworked. What we found under the dark paint was more of a Christmas miracle than a Halloween nightmare. It was beautiful, solid walnut the color of light Caribbean sand. We had no idea what was hiding behind that massive black curtain of paint on our floor. We stripped it off and applied a clear coat. It changed the whole look of our first floor. It’s good that we looked.

Other treasures found in newly purchased homes include a 1934 World’s Fair ticket, $ 10,000 cash, wedding ring, antique revolver, collectible cabbage patch doll, baseball card collection, rare coins, and more recently … from owns one of my own customers … a whole supply of drug paraphernalia.

Even a skeleton, depending on who or what was attached, can be worth something. Last but not least, it’s a great topic of conversation. In addition, modern psychologists have found that perhaps skeletons shouldn’t be left in the closet. It is best to pull them out and introduce them to friends and family. You tend to find out anyway.

As for the skeleton in our broken elevator, we’ve never got history right. The house was sold anyway, wooden panel fully disclosed.

Jen Fischer is an associate broker and realtor. She can be reached at 801-645-2134 or [email protected]